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    December Area Events 2018


    New Hanover County


    Cape Fear Festival of Trees

    November 19th – January 2nd

    NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

    900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449

    Admission: $10.95-12.95


    A local holiday tradition featuring 50 festive trees decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Proceeds benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.


    Enchanted Airlie

    December 7-22nd

    Airlie Gardens

    300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403



    Half-mile self-guided stroll through Airlie Gardens featuring festive lights, holiday displays, Santa Claus, plus local food and beverage vendors. Tickets are purchased per carload.



    Brunswick County


    Southport Winter Craft Festival

    December 8th

    Franklin Square Park

    105 E West Street, Southport, NC 28461


    Shop 140 vendors for the holidays including hand crafted home décor, jewelry, arts and crafts, baked goods and more.



    Sandy Paws Parade

    December 14th

    Holden Beach Town Hall

    110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462


    Bring your dog out for a short stroll in the doggie parade and then have a picture made with Santa.



    Pender County


    Lighted Christmas Parade

    December 8th

    Downtown Burgaw

    106 E Wilmington Street, Burgaw, NC 28425


    The only lighted nighttime Christmas Parade in the county, this an event the whole family will enjoy! There will be snow!


    Santa’s Workshop

    December 8th

    Burgaw Depot

    115 South Dickerson Street, Burgaw, NC


    Join the Town of Burgaw for their Santa’s Workshop in the historic Burgaw Train Depot. Features photos with Santa, a gingerbread house contest and display, crafts and cookies.



    Onslow County


    MCCS Naught & Nice 5k

    December 8th

    Camp Lejeune Wallace Creek Fitness Center

    Birch Street, Camp Lejeune, NC!/133519-mccs-naughty-and-nice-5k-run


    Celebrate the holiday season and the coming of the new year with a celebratory 5K run. The race takes place on a scenic route aboard Camp Lejeune. Come dressed in your favorite holiday running gear and stick around afterward for the Grand Prix Series end of the year awards ceremony.


    Holiday Pops – NC Symphony

    December 13th

    White Oak High School

    1001 Pine Green Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546!/139446-holiday-pops-north-carolina-symphony


    Join the NC Symphony for a spectacular holiday celebration filled with joyful symphonic arrangements of holiday classics including a sing-a-long.



    Craven County


    The Holly & Ivy Historic Homes Tour

    December 8th

    Ghent Neighborhood

    216 Johnson Street, New Bern, NC 28560

    Admission: $15-18


    Four lovely historic homes and a charming craftman-style cottage in Ghent will be decorated for the holidays. Sample home baked cookies and visit with the foxes at the Sugar Plum Treats House.


    Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

    December 15th

    Tryon Palace

    529 S Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562!/139119-candlelight-christmas-celebration-in-new-bern


    An event inspired by traditions of giving back that date back to the colonial period with decorations inspired by the 12 days of Christmas, historic characters in period clothing and holiday vignettes spanning across centuries.



    Carteret County


    Christmas at the Barnyard

    December 13th & 14th

    844 Roberts Road, Newport, NC

    Admission: $7


    Visit the barnyard with a Christmas twist. See all the petting zoo animals under the Christmas lights, drink hot chocolate by the fire and visit with Santa. Live wreaths will be for sale.


    Ugly Christmas Sweater Festival

    December 15th

    Salty Air Open Market

    307 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point, NC


    Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters to the market and let the kids participate in a vendor’s scavenger hunt and bounce houses. Santa will be at the market from 10am-2pm. Includes vendors, face painting, crafts, a kids’ corner, food truck and more.




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